If you suffer from premenstrual syndrome then you will certainly know some of the symptoms I will mention. Premenstrual syndrome is known as PMS.

There are many symptoms that can occur and sufferers may have just one symptom or many symptoms as everyone is different.

The main symptoms are mood swings, bloating, tender breasts, irritability, fatigue, and food cravings.  They can occur up to one week before your period.

How do you know if you have premenstrual syndrome?

There is no test available to determine whether you suffer from this or not. The best thing to do is to keep a diary of your symptoms and when they occur for a period of 3 months in a row you suffer the same symptoms up to a week before your period is due then this is an indication that you do suffer with PMS.  It is really common, and a lot of women do suffer from this. 

There is no cure for PMS but there are lots that you can do to help relieve the symptoms.

Help for Premenstrual Syndrome

There are things you can do to help your symptoms.

  1. Stay hydrated. Making sure you drink enough water will help reduce your bloating. 
  2. Exercise. Taking some regular exercise will help even if it is a walk every day in the fresh air. This will help if you get pain with your period.
  3. Eat a healthy diet. Lots of fruit and vegetables plus some good protein. Have wholegrains to ease constipation if this is an issue for you.
  4. Make sure you get enough sleep. Sleep is when the body repair itself and you need to have around 7 to 8 hours each night.
  5. Reduce stress where possible. Try yoga, Pilates, meditation or whatever you find helps you to reduce stress. 
  6. It has been shown that women who suffer with PMS may have low levels of calcium and vitamin D so you may want to get your levels checked. 

Homeopathic Help

There are homeopathic remedies that can help with PMS. Homeopathy is individual so I will list a couple of remedies to see if they may suit you. Homeopathy has no side effects and can be taken alongside any prescribed medication you are on.

Lachesis, this helps when everything gets better once the period starts. They are also chatting people and like to talk.

Sepia is another good remedy for PMS. They can get weepy and feel worn out especially before a period. Also, it can get quite irritable.

Lastly Pulsatilla. Can have changeable moods, also can be tearful like to be consoled. The symptoms can be changeable, and will feel better out in the fresh air.

In my next blog I will be talking about period pains and some of the ways you can deal with this.

If you feel like you may need some advice, I am happy to have a free no obligation chat with you.